5 Ways to Save Your Smartphone Battery Life

Smartphones would be a lot better if you didn't have to worry about the battery all the time. Unfortunately, they run down more quickly the more we rely on our phones.

Here are five things you can do to extend the battery's life.

You know that feeling -- looking down at your cell phone to realize your battery is almost dead -- and you have no way to charge it. The number one culprit is your phone's screen.

"On any device with a screen, the screen is almost always the biggest drain," says Mashable Tech Editor Pete Pachal. "So the first tip if you take nothing else away from what I say, turn down your screen brightness."

Background refresh lets any iOS or android update apps even when you don't have them open, but using the function also uses more power.

"There's a special menu on an iOS called 'background app refresh.' It's in the settings," Pachal explains. "Find it and turn off the apps that you don't need that up to the second information."

Games with high-res graphics like Candy Crush are big battery drainers and the Apple flashlight app will quickly drain it as well.

"Because it uses the LED in the back and turns that on to maximum-- definitely make sure you only use that when you absolutely need to."

The ideal battery charge is not 100 percent. To maximize your battery's lifespan, Mashable says to keep it between 20 and 80 percent.

"If you want to keep that battery working three years from now you want to keep it in between that range."

One thing you don't want to do is charge your phone overnight. "Mashable" says that will cut down the overall life of the battery.
Instead, charge it when you wake up or when you get home from work.

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